The St Bernard – which dominates the picture – belonged to a Miss Mumford, a nurse from South Woodford and a friend of Mr Elsley. This is confirmed on page 107 of Golden Hours :The Paintings of Arthur J.Elsley ,written by Terry Parker and published by Richard Dennis.
The little girl with her arm around the St Bernard is Arthur Elsley’s daughter, the late Marjorie Elsley, who was born on August 24,1903. Before she died Marjorie confirmed the Woodford detail to Terry Parker.
In his book, Mr Parker said: “Marjorie remembers that the St Bernard featured in Never Mind was owned by Miss Mumford, a nurse who lived at South Woodford.
“Elsley was the most popular ‘chocolate box’ artist of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.The appealing quality of his paintings were easily understood and presented a cosy, idealised world of happy, smiling children and their animals.”
Dimensions including frame approximately:
Width – 27.5″ ( 70 cm )
Height – 35″ ( 89 cm )
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